3 Reasons to Purchase From A Luxury Brand!

The Minimalistic Gent advocates for quality over quantity on all purchases.  Careful and planned purchases usually lead to greater returns on the joy that you receive from an item.  To help inform you fellow gents on what to look for in these high end purchases, we compiled this list of things to look for. These are the three reasons you should buy items from a luxury brand:

1. Exceptional Quality

The best quality items are made from the best materials by skilled artisans.  Clearly stated, hand made items are something we suggest going for.  Luxury brands that stand behind their handmade products are usually an excellent place to start when searching for breathtaking items. We recommend these Salvatore Ferragamo loafers which are handmade in Italy.  The quality and comfort of these types of loafers are of a high caliber and the resiliency of the materials will leave you happy for a long time!

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2. Limited Quantity

Exclusivity usually helps in the aspect of boosting your love of an item.  A limited run of production makes the demand for items sky rocket which will further your appreciation for the object.  Brand recognition can help in networking opportunities to help exude the feeling of class that you want to portray, and attentive gents will definitely notice.  A Bourbon connoisseur’s dream is the Old Rip Van Winkle 25 year-old bourbon.  With only 710 bottles made in existence, this extremely aged bourbon would make for the ultimate party drink with a guest.  Exclusivity at this level ensures that the experience of drinking this bourbon can never be replicated.  Therefore, a limited run on items can increase the worthiness of an item exponentially!

3. Outstanding Value

Even items that are not exclusive can bring someone immense value if you really enjoy the item or if it serves a unique purpose.  The value you find in the object needs to be titanic or it is not the item for you.  Since we are on a path of minimizing as much as possible, there is no room for items that serve no value.  The cost of the item should be greatly outweighed by the disproportionate value you receive from owning this item.  We love our luxury watches at the Minimalistic Gent, and we would recommend the Rolex Yacht-Master II in yellow gold as a watch that will not only make you feel world class but show it to the world as well!

Luxury brands can be quite expensive, but making wise choices is imperative to ensure your hard-earned money goes to outstanding products.  We here at the Minimalistic Gent are extremely big on spending extra for items that can last a lifetime or offer one of a kind experiences. Find what items can enrich and excite your life through their quality and exclusivity, and let us know down below what you find!

3 Versatile Watches That Can Be Worn On The Daily!

A gentleman’s watch is important, but you can only pick one watch to wear at any given time.  Picking a watch can be time-consuming (pun-intended) event, and you can only wear one watch at any given time.  Therefore, these are our recommendations of three watches that should be at the forefront of your list to wear on a daily basis:

1. Rolex Submariner

This is the hard hitting classic James Bond watch that will never go out of style.  Your kids and grandkids will still be wearing Rolex Submariners which attests to their huge impact on horology.  Not only is this watch extremely durable, it has such a cult following that watch connoisseurs and hobbyists alike can recognize and respect this model.  If you only own one watch in your collection, the Rolex Submariner is a fantastic choice that will always stay relevant.


2. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph

Undeniable in design, the Royal Oak chronograph is an amazing watch that can be worn on the daily.  In comparison to the “brick” (the 18k gold Royal Oak that weighs about 333 grams) the Royal Oak chronograph offers a much more wearable version of this iconic model.  The screw down chronograph is a nice touch that helps to bring an aesthetically pleasing asymmetric look to the watch.  Using this on the daily will put a little extra presence on your wrist whenever you are out and about!

Patek Philippe Nautilus

Nothing screams success quite like a Patek Philippe, and the Nautilus is the quintessential watch silhouette that can be worn on a daily.  Depending on your wrist size though will dictate if this model is for you or not; the Nautilus does fit smaller on the wrist than the other models on this list.  Extreme craftsmanship has gone into the making of these watches, and you will be instantly elevated to watch connoisseur status by wearing this on a daily basis.

These are our three recommendations for watches that can be used on a daily basis! Minimalistic Gent is committed to helping you reduce clutter and to maximize your capabilities.  If you are ready to downsize to a single watch, all of these are amazing choices that will be relevant for generations to come!

3 Questions To Ask Before Your First Luxury Watch Purchase!

To many gentleman a watch is more than just an instrument to tell a wandering stranger the time. Watches exude class and a tiny snippet as to who you are as a person. They nonverbally cue that you are a responsible and timely person that is able to get things done.  With all this emanating from a simple watch, it is important to find the one that matches your personality and compliments your unique style.  Here are the three things you need to think about before making your first luxury watch purchase.

1. When Will I Wear This Watch?

The very first thing you need to think about when purchasing a watch is its purpose.  Are you an experienced diver that needs to take his watch on expeditions at extreme depths? Are you a cutthroat business executive that will be in meetings throughout the day? Are you an entrepreneur that frequently travels and needs to have two different time zones on his wrist at all time? These are all questions to ask that will lead to the type of watch that will fit your needs.  Watches have features that can make them water proof to extreme depths, shine and impress those around you, and display multiple time zones on one dial.  Think about where you will mostly be using your watch, and this will quickly allude you to the right watch that you need!

2. Do I Even Like How It Looks?

If you don’t like how the watch looks, you won’t wear it.  Just because someone else owns a watch, doesn’t mean it’s the best fit for you.  We at Minimalistic Gent recommend going to the actual boutiques and trying a few pieces on before purchasing.  Due to everyone’s wrists being different sizes, some watches will look better on others.  If the act of putting on your watch doesn’t brighten up your morning a little bit, it’s not the watch for you.  Watches are supposed to be fun, and you need to purchase a watch that you enjoy wearing above all else!

3. Why Is This Watch Special?

In the world of watches there are a plethora of choices.  Each watch has something unique that will draw your attention, but there has to be a reason for why you like the watch.  You may not intrinsically know the exact reason and some watches may just resonate with you causing you to gravitate to that model, but there is a reason.  Inability to quantify exactly why you like a watch isn’t a bad thing, but you have to love the watch you are purchasing in order for it to be a happy and momentous experience.  Some things to think about though are brand recognition, exclusivity, movement type, resale value, and resilience to damage.  Whatever the reason is, the watch has to be special so that you can enjoy it to the fullest on a daily basis.

In conclusion, these are the three questions you should ask yourself before purchasing a luxury watch.  The hardest realization for myself was really understanding that I can only wear one watch at any given time (least I look foolish with one on each wrist).  That led me to really minimize my watch collection and only keep the pieces that I really loved.  Above all else, it should be a fun and exciting experience that can mark a significant moment in time!

5 Grooming Items Every Gentleman Needs!

Upkeep of your hygiene is important as a gentleman.

1. Unforgettable Cologne

What better way to remember someone than the unique and expressive cologne that they wear.  Finding a cologne that matches both the season and your personal style can be tricky, but we suggest something as seductive and enveloping as Dior Sauvage!

2. High Quality Razor

Whether you have a tried and hardened beard  or a clean cut face, shaving is an essential of our morning routine.  Therefore, a shaver with multiple settings is important to ensure it is both a simple and effective endeavor every morning!

3. Deep Cleansing Face Wash

At the end of our showers, we highly recommend a deep cleaning face wash. Not only does it feel good and refreshing, this essential item helps to get rid of dreaded black heads and blemishes. This clay wash from Shiseido has been more than adequate for the job, and we recommend this triple deep cleaning cleanser for your daily upkeep!

4. Long Lasting Hair Wax

Depending on your hair type and needs, you will need a high quality hair product to look your best on the daily.  Having your hair look great can be an art in itself, but we like to keep things simple with a hair wax that lasts all day.  Therefore, hair products that can keep up with your activities are crucial.

 

5. Effective Tooth Brush

Think of how many times you brush your teeth in a day.  Multiply that into a whole year, and you can understand how important a well built toothbrush is. This is definitely not an item to skimp on, and you owe it to yourself to buy a high quality one!

Hygiene is important in every gentleman’s daily routine, and these are some of the items that we at Minimalistic Gent recommend!

 

5 Essentials For The Active Gentleman!

Let’s face it, we are all busy individuals! Making time for the gym may be the last thing on many of your minds, but it is important to take care of your body to stay efficient and effective in all that you do. Personally, I am a self-diagnosed “gym-aholic,” and my day doesn’t start until I hit the weights. Therefore, these are five of the essentials that the active gentleman needs when he hits the gym!

1. Excellent Pair of Contemporary Shoes

Before, I was an insane sneaker head; needing to have every shoe in every color way available. These days though I have learnt that 146 pairs of shoes does not always equate to an essential collection that is functional. Therefore, find yourself a good gym shoe that is comfortable and looks great. You’ll never know who you might meet in the gym, so put your best foot forward and choose a great looking shoe such as these Nike Vapor Max. They are both comfortable and fashion forward to look great at the gym.

2. Noise Canceling Earphones

My biggest obstacle to success in the gym has been small talk with others.  Although it can lead to great networking opportunities, sometimes you just need noise canceling earphones to drown out all of the noise in the gym.  A great workout for me involves putting on my headphones and putting in an hour work of weights nonstop.  Also, not all headphones are created equal, so find one that is exceptional in quality such as these Bose Quiet Comfort 35 Wireless Headphones.  Wireless headphones are also pivotal because it allows you to put your phone into your bag to further minimize distractions!

3. Comfortable Gym Attire

If shoes are the first step to any great outfit, clothes are definitely the next pivotal part of looking like a professional at the gym. Nike Tech Fleece comes to mind when it comes to technologically advanced clothing.  This Tech Fleece is extremely durable and is made to be wearable in all types of conditions.  Do yourself a favor and keep your wardrobe minimal with pieces that have large amounts of research put into them.

4. Multi-use Bag

When I am focusing on my workout, I personally keep my pockets free of anything.  The amount of times that either my keys or phone fell out of my pocket while on the bench press are insurmountable. Therefore, having a bag can alleviate this issue to further help your workout come along.  A nice and simple bag like this one offers an easy way to transport all of your belongings while offering a minimalistic aesthetics that others will take note of as well.

5. Home Gym

To save even more time, it may be more beneficial for some of you to just buy workout equipment that can be set up at home. If your housing situation allows for enough space to have equipment installed, this could be an ideal way to start or end your day. Completing a workout in the morning leaves me wide awake and heavily energized for my busy day, while completing a workout at night leaves me exhausted and ready for a night of deep sleep.  Installing this equipment can make your days become instantly more efficient and can lead to great productivity feats at a small price.

These are the top five items that an active gentleman needs in his life.  Despite our busy schedules, make the time to exercise and stay healthy.  This is key to your productivity and will lead to a more successful lifestyle!

5 Sunglasses Every Man Should Own!

Sunglasses are the utilitarian fashion item that can take an outfit to unprecedented levels. Your choice though will dictate how you are perceived by others.  Transcending the bounds of being just protection for your eyes, sunglasses provide an air of mystery to the person behind the shades.  Therefore, these are the five sunglasses that are not only effective on UV rays but offer up distinct cues as to the sophisticated and perplexing person that you are:

Persol offers handcrafted classically styles sunglasses that was once catered for pilots and race car drivers.  The company is based in Italy and their iconic pieces are cherished by huge name celebrities around the world.  Without being ostentatious, these sunglasses offer huge value for the price that they are.  What better way to show that you  are an extremely stylish gentleman with a keen eye for quality and craftsmanship than to wear a pair of Persol sunglasses.  Whether you are James Bond or Steve Mcqueen, you can be sure that these shades with transform the image other’s see when your name comes up.

2. Dior

The world of high fashion is a unique journey of twists and turns of trending articles over seasonal periods.  These Dior sunglasses will be the talk of your friends because that have now understood that you are an individual that is not afraid of being daring and taking chances on fashion.  You can be sure that these sunglasses break the monotonous bounds of what eyewear is supposed to be. Show others your rebellious and anarchistic side that will both awe and inspire others.

3. Oliver People’s

Vintage American shades that exude class! These are Hollywood styled sunglasses are manufactured in Italy, so it is a combination of both classic Americana style and refreshing Italian craftsmanship.  If you want to be seen as a world class gentleman, who is both intellectual and cultured these are the sunglasses for you!

4. Ray Ban

There’s a reason that Ray Bans can be seen everywhere.  They’re classic designs and if you are the type of person to easily lose your sunglasses, these are for you.  The air of fun-ness that these exude show that you are a fun loving person that is both down-to-earth and easygoing!

5. Tom Ford

No list would be complete without the leading men’s wear icon.  You can definitely see why Daniel Craig wears a pair of Tom Ford sunglasses in the modern iterations of James Bond.  These sunglasses scream success in every aspect of your life, and that is the feeling that these shades exude.  The solid foundation of the Tom Ford brand is something that none can deny, and these ensure everyone around you understands that you are a man that is not to be taken lightly!

Therefore, these are five of the best sunglasses every gentleman needs. Each sunglass style evokes a different emotion that your friends, family, and clients will be enthralled it.  We believe it’s of the upmost importance to put your best foot forward and these sunglasses will ensure that.  Picking one or two of these will increase your fashion sense and exude the type of individual you are!